GB Team to Face NZ

GB Team to Face NZ

Post by Graham Hil » Mon, 07 Sep 1998 04:00:00


I know its a bit early but I'm getting a bit sick of all the postings re
Cassidy/Morley/Kemp/Wigan SalaryCap etc so I thought I would speculate
about the starting line up (injuries permitting) for the first test in
the hope that we can look forward instead of back.

My team would be

1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
4  Newlove               11  Betts
5  Cummins               12  Morley
6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
7  Sheridan

Subs
14  Spruce
15  Fleary
16  Joint
17  Haughton

Sheridan would get my choice over Tony Smith because he has shown great
ability at *** as well this season.
Prop forwards were the hardest choice as we have a lot of good but not
outstanding props in the country.

All comments welcome !!

 
 
 

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Post by Wigg » Tue, 08 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Doesn't matter who Great Britain puts on the field NZ will come away
with a white wash. NZ will be coming off a couple of hard games against
Australia (to close to call the winners of these games but being
patriotic i will say NZ), so they will be match fit and match hardened.
And if the Australians have a hard time with the likes of Joe Vagana,
Quieten Pongia and Stephen Kearney in the forwards and the brilliance of
Stacey Jones, Rubin Wiki and the radar boot of Matthew Ridge in the
backs, what sort of trouble will your blokes have as defensively Britain
is weaker in comparison to Australia and New Zealand, this was shown up
to an almost embarrassing extent in last years world club challenge.

I don't know if the defence has improved in the last year as coverage of
the British competition is almost non existent.

Lets hope it is a great series on some of what i consider some of the
best league grounds in the world (they have fantastic atmosphere).

Quote:

> I know its a bit early but I'm getting a bit sick of all the postings re
> Cassidy/Morley/Kemp/Wigan SalaryCap etc so I thought I would speculate
> about the starting line up (injuries permitting) for the first test in
> the hope that we can look forward instead of back.

> My team would be

> 1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
> 2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
> 3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
> 4  Newlove               11  Betts
> 5  Cummins               12  Morley
> 6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
> 7  Sheridan

> Subs
> 14  Spruce
> 15  Fleary
> 16  Joint
> 17  Haughton

> Sheridan would get my choice over Tony Smith because he has shown great
> ability at *** as well this season.
> Prop forwards were the hardest choice as we have a lot of good but not
> outstanding props in the country.

> All comments welcome !!


 
 
 

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Post by John Drak » Tue, 08 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Lets hope it is a great series on some of what i consider some of the
>best league grounds in the world (they have fantastic atmosphere).

None of the Tests will be played at bona-fide league grounds, though. Apart
from the McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield, where soccer and RL groundshare,
which hosts the first test, the other two are at soccer grounds (Reebok
Stadium in Bolton, and Vicarage Road, Watford).

It's the fans which create the atmosphere though, so no worries on that
score :-)

Looking forward to a good series. Thank god proper international RL is back
on at last!

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Post by Graham Hil » Tue, 08 Sep 1998 04:00:00

I think its fair to say the standard of defence in SL is much higher in GB
this season but of course all our teams have several NZ and Aus players !!
Its difficult to predict how good a GB team will be defensively but it will be
great to see the matches and lets hope its an excellent series.
Quote:

> Doesn't matter who Great Britain puts on the field NZ will come away
> with a white wash. NZ will be coming off a couple of hard games against
> Australia (to close to call the winners of these games but being
> patriotic i will say NZ), so they will be match fit and match hardened.
> And if the Australians have a hard time with the likes of Joe Vagana,
> Quieten Pongia and Stephen Kearney in the forwards and the brilliance of
> Stacey Jones, Rubin Wiki and the radar boot of Matthew Ridge in the
> backs, what sort of trouble will your blokes have as defensively Britain
> is weaker in comparison to Australia and New Zealand, this was shown up
> to an almost embarrassing extent in last years world club challenge.

> I don't know if the defence has improved in the last year as coverage of
> the British competition is almost non existent.

> Lets hope it is a great series on some of what i consider some of the
> best league grounds in the world (they have fantastic atmosphere).


> > I know its a bit early but I'm getting a bit sick of all the postings re
> > Cassidy/Morley/Kemp/Wigan SalaryCap etc so I thought I would speculate
> > about the starting line up (injuries permitting) for the first test in
> > the hope that we can look forward instead of back.

> > My team would be

> > 1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
> > 2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
> > 3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
> > 4  Newlove               11  Betts
> > 5  Cummins               12  Morley
> > 6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
> > 7  Sheridan

> > Subs
> > 14  Spruce
> > 15  Fleary
> > 16  Joint
> > 17  Haughton

> > Sheridan would get my choice over Tony Smith because he has shown great
> > ability at *** as well this season.
> > Prop forwards were the hardest choice as we have a lot of good but not
> > outstanding props in the country.

> > All comments welcome !!

 
 
 

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Post by stev » Wed, 09 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>I know its a bit early but I'm getting a bit sick of all the postings re
>Cassidy/Morley/Kemp/Wigan SalaryCap etc so I thought I would speculate
>about the starting line up (injuries permitting) for the first test in
>the hope that we can look forward instead of back.

>My team would be

>1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
>2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
>3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
>4  Newlove               11  Betts
>5  Cummins               12  Morley
>6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
>7  Sheridan

Has Robinson really been good enough this season? Tony Sullivan is for
me the fastest wing in GB bar none his defence is OK too. I also think
that Lee Briers would push Harris close. Harris has played well in a
winning team but Briers has done well in a pretty average outfit.
Speaking of which Mark Forster always looks one of the best wings in the
land and I would play him ahead of Robinson given current form.  

Quote:
>Subs
>14  Spruce
>15  Fleary
>16  Joint
>17  Haughton

>Sheridan would get my choice over Tony Smith because he has shown great
>ability at *** as well this season.
>Prop forwards were the hardest choice as we have a lot of good but not
>outstanding props in the country.

>All comments welcome !!

--
steve
 
 
 

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Post by WiganRLf » Thu, 10 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>My team would be

>1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
>2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
>3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
>4  Newlove               11  Betts
>5  Cummins               12  Morley
>6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
>7  Sheridan

Well Robinson has not had a good season by his standards.

Not sure about Sheridan, if fit I would play Edwards.

Brian McDermott is not IMO international class, but not sure who I would
replace him with as we don't have any obvious choices in the front row.  Its a
pity that bloke Anderson (?) at the Bulls did himself in for the season as he
looked unstoppable early on.

Morley will get sent off, so I would look elsewhere.

Otherwise that would do for me.

Mind you the fact we have to scrabble about for forwards when the general
opinion is that playing standards have improved makes me think we are relying
on too many overseas players to give the league the quality.

Dave

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Post by stev » Thu, 10 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:


>>My team would be

>>1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
>>2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
>>3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
>>4  Newlove               11  Betts
>>5  Cummins               12  Morley
>>6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
>>7  Sheridan

>Well Robinson has not had a good season by his standards.

>Not sure about Sheridan, if fit I would play Edwards.

>Brian McDermott is not IMO international class, but not sure who I would
>replace him with as we don't have any obvious choices in the front row.  Its a
>pity that bloke Anderson (?) at the Bulls did himself in for the season as he
>looked unstoppable early on.

Well surely Antony Farrell deserves at least a bench spot!

Quote:
>Morley will get sent off, so I would look elsewhere.

>Otherwise that would do for me.

>Mind you the fact we have to scrabble about for forwards when the general
>opinion is that playing standards have improved makes me think we are relying
>on too many overseas players to give the league the quality.

>Dave

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Post by Lloyd J. Barkha » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:


>>I know its a bit early but I'm getting a bit sick of all the postings re
>>Cassidy/Morley/Kemp/Wigan SalaryCap etc so I thought I would speculate
>>about the starting line up (injuries permitting) for the first test in
>>the hope that we can look forward instead of back.

>>My team would be

>>1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
>>2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
>>3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
>>4  Newlove               11  Betts
>>5  Cummins               12  Morley
>>6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
>>7  Sheridan

>Has Robinson really been good enough this season? Tony Sullivan is for
>me the fastest wing in GB bar none his defence is OK too. I also think
>that Lee Briers would push Harris close. Harris has played well in a
>winning team but Briers has done well in a pretty average outfit.
>Speaking of which Mark Forster always looks one of the best wings in the
>land and I would play him ahead of Robinson given current form.  

I know I'm a Rhinos supporter but after watching Iestyn Harris this
season there is NO one better on this seasons form. I've even had people
telling me that he is the best Leeds has EVER had, including the lihes
of Lewis Jones. Praise indeed. His play just gets better and better and
he has won many matches for us this season culminating in his
magnificent display on Friday against Saints.

Quote:

>>Subs
>>14  Spruce
>>15  Fleary
>>16  Joint
>>17  Haughton

>>Sheridan would get my choice over Tony Smith because he has shown great
>>ability at *** as well this season.
>>Prop forwards were the hardest choice as we have a lot of good but not
>>outstanding props in the country.

>>All comments welcome !!

--
Lloyd J. Barkham
 
 
 

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Post by Lloyd J. Barkha » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:


>>My team would be

>>1  Radlinski                8  Broadbent
>>2  Robinson                9  Cunningham
>>3  Connolly               10  Brian McDermott
>>4  Newlove               11  Betts
>>5  Cummins               12  Morley
>>6  Harris                    13  Farrell (c)
>>7  Sheridan

>Well Robinson has not had a good season by his standards.

>Not sure about Sheridan, if fit I would play Edwards.

>Brian McDermott is not IMO international class, but not sure who I would
>replace him with as we don't have any obvious choices in the front row.  Its a
>pity that bloke Anderson (?) at the Bulls did himself in for the season as he
>looked unstoppable early on.

>Morley will get sent off, so I would look elsewhere.

Ho Ho Ho.

Quote:
>Otherwise that would do for me.

>Mind you the fact we have to scrabble about for forwards when the general
>opinion is that playing standards have improved makes me think we are relying
>on too many overseas players to give the league the quality.

>Dave

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Lloyd J. Barkham